West Wight Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy

The Isle of Wight Council and the Environment Agency with consultants AECOM have developed a Coastal Strategy for the Isle of Wight coast from Freshwater to East Cowes.

The 'West Wight Coastal Strategy' underwent a 3-month period of public consultation in Summer 2016. The Final Strategy was published here in 2017, following the completion of the process of adoption by the Local Authority (Adopted January 2017) and national approval (Approved July 2017).

Map of the West Wight Coastal Strategy area
Map of the West Wight Coastal Strategy area -click here to enlarge

The ‘West Wight Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy' recommends the preferred approaches needed to reduce or adapt to future coastal flood and erosion risks for an 84km frontage of the Isle of Wight coast from Freshwater Bay to East Cowes.

This includes the towns of Yarmouth, Cowes, East Cowes, Freshwater, Totland, Colwell, Newport Harbour, and surrounding areas. 

The Strategy identifies areas where defence improvements will be required, and areas where adaptation is needed.  It also examines how future coastal and flood defences will need to be paid for under the current ‘partnership funding' system, which involves both public and private contributions.

The Strategy includes proposals for future Priority Schemes, and examines how these could be funded.

A Summary Report and Main Report are available, plus a series of appendices.  Within the Main Report, information for each area around the coast can be found in Chapters 5 to 10.  Information on future funding and the Priority Schemes is provided in Chapter 11.

Please click on the files below to view the West Wight Coastal Strategy (PDFs) :-

Main Strategy
Summary Report


Appendix A: Defence Condition Review
Appendix B: Contaminated Land Review
Appendix C: Coastal Processes Review
Appendix D: Flood Risk Modelling and Mapping
Appendix E: Stakeholder Engagement Feedback
Appendix F: Economic Apraisal
Appendix G: Strategic Environmental Assessment Report
Appendix H: Habitats Regulations Assessment Report
Appendix I: Water Framework Directive Assessment
Appendix J: Option Development and Appraisal
Appendix K: Letter of Support from Natural England

Map showing the siz zones used in the West Wight Coastal Strategy, 2016

A map showing the the six zones ('SMZ' or Strategic Management Zones), which are used to describe the area in the Strategy reports.

Public Consultation during the development of the Strategy:

Public workshops were held in February 2015 which shaped the early development of the Strategy.  The work was then developed based on the latest national guidance, leading to a Draft Strategy being published for a three-month period of public consultation in Spring 2016.  The consultation began on 31st March 2016 and closed on 30th June 2016. 

Thank you for your consultation comments, which were used to inform the Final Strategy.

Full details and responses to your consultation comments (with any changes arising to the documents) can be found in Appendix E of the Final Strategy.

During the 3-month consultation, two roadshow events were held (in May 2016). To view the information provided at the roadshows, please click on the link below:

- Exhibition Panels -Introductory Boards (9 boards, 10mb).
- Also, information was provided for each Area -see Chapters 5 to 10 of the Strategy Report to view these details.
-Summary Booklets were provided.
An online questionnaire was provided to submit comments.

The roadshow sessions provided an opportunity to come in and view the proposals and talk to the project team, to ask questions, and to give your comments on the Coastal Strategy and the Priority Schemes. Each session was held from 2pm-7pm:

  • Yarmouth, on Friday 20th May , from 2pm -7pm (at the Community Hall of Yarmouth and District, St James Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 ONU).
  • Cowes, on Tuesday 24th May , from 2pm – 7pm (at the New Holmwood Hotel, Queens Road, Egypt Point, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8BW).

Contact us:

Email: coast@iow.gov.uk. Tel. (01983) 821000.
Postal address: West Wight Coastal Strategy, Planning and Housing Services, Isle of Wight Council, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS.

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Updated: 4 August, 2017